Traffic Stop Nets Drugs, Four Arrests

Jackson Co. Sheriff's Office

CENTRAL POINT – A single traffic stop led to the arrests of four people early Thursday morning.  Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies seized a dealer quantity of methamphetamine from one of the passengers in the multi-agency effort.

On April 11, 2019, at 1:08 a.m., a JCSO deputy assigned to White City stopped a white Pontiac Grand Am for a traffic violation in the 6700-block of Crater Lake Highway.  Deputies requested assistance from a K9 team from the Central Point Police Department.  The K9 alerted to the presence of a controlled substance.

The investigation found the driver, James Gary Tacia, 47, was driving with a suspended license and was in possession of a user amount of methamphetamine.  He was lodged in jail.

Passenger Daniel Lee Hutchinson, Jr., 37, was arrested for a parole violation from a prior conviction for unlawful use of a weapon.  He was also found to be in possession of a user amount of heroin.  Hutchinson was lodged in jail.

Passenger Bridgette Rhean Cowart, 19, was found to be in possession of a user amount of methamphetamine.  She was cited and released at the scene.

A third passenger, Tassaney Louise Mahoney, 38, was found to be in possession of nearly four ounces of methamphetamine, as well as equipment commonly used for drug packaging and sales.  She was lodged in jail on charges of possession, manufacture, and distribution of methamphetamine.

Deputies were further assisted at the scene by officers from the Medford Police Department. 

Case #19-7062